Soul Deepening

I’m really excited about a new program I will be facilitating at my congregation this year. Wellspring at Pathways is a “Soul Deepening Experience for Unitarian Universalists.”  Wellspring began at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY with Rev. Jen Crow. Pathways is one of two pilot congregations for Wellspring as this adult lifespan curriculum grounded in UU spirituality, theology, history, and small group practice moves out from the congregation of its genesis.  The other pilot congregation is First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA.

First Rochester Unitarian received a grant from the Lay Theological Grants program through Association Sunday to help fund this expansion of Wellspring. You can read about this on their blog. Wellspring information including the program outline, curriculum and study guide is available from First Rochester here. The same basic information, slightly adapted for our congregation is available on our Pathways Wellspring site.

One of my favorite aspects of Wellspring is that it asks UU’s to engage the practice of spiritual direction. It’s been a number of years, maybe ten, since I’ve been in formal spiritual direction and I began again a number of months ago in preparation to facilitate one of our two Wellspring groups. I’m looking forward to this like no other church program or class I’ve yet taught, led or facilitated.

I hope more our congregations will explore Wellspring.